Following the huge success of Mad Max: Fury Road, and to celebrate the release of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD which came out on Digital HD yesterday, we take a look at some of the best post-apocalyptic films.
I Am Legend
With the spread of a man-made, incurable virus that wiped out the population, Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the last human survivor left in New York. Desperate to find any other human survivors, Neville sets out to use his immune blood to reverse the effects of the virus, but while he may be the only human; he’s not alone.
A great film but if it were me in the role it would have to be renamed I Am Rubbish. I can just about remember the way to local Tesco much less stay alive against those infected by the virus. And don’t even start me on the dog!
With nothing but a pistol to defend themselves, a father and son walk alone through an un-recognisable America. It’s cold, dark and the snowfall is grey, making their desired destination the warmer south. Civilisation has collapsed , scavenging and cannibalism surrounds them and the struggle for survival involves pure desperation.
This film while good is one you only watch once, well I did anyway…bleak..so, so bleak.
28 Days Later
When animal activists release chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected with a virus that causes rage, London becomes deserted 28 days later. Torn apart and inhabited with zombie like humans, the savage nature of mankind creates the challenge of survival for protagonist Jim.
What I love about this film was somewhere in its development there was a meeting where a group of folks sat around saying zombies aren’t scary enough. In the middle of this conversation one bright spark says ‘I know lets make them run, run really fast’…and just like my one defence against Zombies is wiped away forever. Damn you movie producers…damn you all to the seventh level of Hades.
Its 2017, the entire world is frozen over and only those travelling the globe aboard the Snow Piercer train are safe. Both a class system and economy emerge, but leader of the lower-class citizen group Curtis is determined to get to the front of the train and spread the class evenly. Facing a revolution, a new battle is to emerge in each section of the train.
To be honest there’s not a lot between what goes on in this film and getting the last train home from Northampton in the run up to Christmas.
Children of Men
London is facing extinction of humankind in 2017, in a world where women have become infertile. When a woman unexpectedly discovers she is pregnant it becomes her mission to protect her unborn child, and make it through the desperate violence that stands in the way of her reaching safety.
In two years time Clive Owen could be finding himself very, very busy.
By 2035, only 1% of the population has survived an unknown, lethal virus. In a bid to solve the mystery, a volunteer is sent back to 1996 to locate the virus before it mutates, but the plan doesn’t go as expected. Sent back six years earlier, investigating an event yet to happen, the convict is arrested and locked up in a mental institution.
If I ever get offered the chance to time travel I’m hoping for more of a Back to the Future vibe, with hoverboards and songs by Huey Lewis and the News. I’ll pass on the whole winding up in Asylum thanks, even if it is with Brad Pitt, who seems like a good laugh.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ok now say it with me in a that deep trailer voice, you know the one…
“In a desert land where humanity is broken, the fight for necessities is on. When two rebels on the run collide there is potential for the order to be restored. A group of female prisoners and their worshipper Furiosa enlist the help of drifter Max, and together they pursue the rebels in the Road War that follows.”
I have to admit I went into this film overwhelmed by all the hype but luckily it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of what was one long chase film. The big stars of this film though at the stunt team I mean seriously how the hell did they do some of those stunts without killing the entire cast?
Oh and Santa if you’re listening can I please have a flame throwing guitar for Christmas please? Cheers mate.
I’m sure I’ve missed a few corkers so if you have any films to add (hoping to find some I’ve not seen yet so the more obscure the better) then stick in the comments below.
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